Got a java head?

Some hol­i­day gift ideas for cof­fee lovers

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Cof­fee lovers can also be lovers of other things, clearly, but the true java head surely wouldn’t scoff at a re­lated hol­i­day gift.

Some ideas:

Not your av­er­age to-go cup: A cof­fee lover AND a tech nerd’s dream come true is rolled into the Em­ber cof­fee mug. Smart tech­nol­ogy al­lows it to rapidly cool down your liq­uid to your de­sired tem­per­a­ture for up to two hours on the go or hours more when placed on its spe­cial coaster. Sleek, black de­sign. Holds 12 ounces. The cre­ation of en­tre­pre­neur and cof­fee lover Clay­ton Alexan­der and his Em­ber team. On pre­order in Novem­ber. Em­bertech.com. $149.95.

Lit­tle rocket ships: Speak­ing of tech­nol­ogy, the 3D-print­ing lov­ing folks at Shape­ways.com of­fer the Rocket Espresso Cup. By de­signer Craig S. Ka­plan, it’s the lit­tle java ship that could in porce­lain that’s food, oven and dish­washer safe in a va­ri­ety of col­ors, or in white plas­tic. Hey 1 per­centers, you can get one of these printed up in plat­inum for $150,000. For the rest of us, the plas­tic is $40 and the porce­lain ver­sions $33.17. Shape­ways.com.

Cof­fee and espresso combo: Higher end and lower end com­bi­na­tion ma­chines are out there, so shop around if you’re on a bud­get or have a truly ded­i­cated cof­fee fa­natic who’s in search of the ul­ti­mate pour but look­ing to com­bine. Some have steam wands and brew at the same time. Some are com­pact. Gen­er­ally, they take up less space than two or more ma­chines. Look to DeLonghi for some nice ones.

Pods with a pur­pose: Oak­land Cof­fee, owned by Green Day’s Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong and Mike Dirnt, of­fers fairly traded organic beans pack­aged in plant-based rather than plas­tic bags. Oak­land, based in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, has part­nered with San Fran­cisco Bay Cof­fee Co. on fully com­postable sin­gle-serve soft pods of ara­bica blends from small farms in Peru and Hon­duras. The pods con­tain no plas­tic. A 10-count costs $12.99 on Ama­zon but are cur­rently out of stock. Worth wait­ing for. De­tails at Oak­land­cof­fee.com.

It’s about the grind: Fancy au­to­matic cof­fee grinders can make the taste and are abun­dant, but they can be pricey. Treat your java lover but do your re­search. Not look­ing to break your bank and got a DIY-er? Go for a man­ual grinder. There are plenty, in­clud­ing the Hario Sk­er­ton Ce­ramic Cof­fee Grinder avail­able at Wil­liams-Sonoma.com for $49.95. It prom­ises burrs that eas­ily ad­just to pro­duce a range of grind sizes, from su­per fine espresso to coarse for French press brew­ing. And it looks cool.—AP

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Em­ber Tech­nolo­gies shows the Em­ber mug, hold­ing 12 ounces of liq­uid.

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Oak­land Cof­fee Works shows a soft, sin­gle-serve cof­fee pod from Oak­land Cof­fee Works that is fully com­postable.

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Craig S Ka­plan shows the Rocket Espresso Cup, de­signed by Craig S Ka­plan and avail­able at Shape­ways.com. —AP photos

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